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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Third Week of School and Nian Gao Making

So fast time flies. This is the 3rd week of school.

Mamarazzi and me had finally got into the rhythm of things.

Daily woke up 7am . Go for my daycare cum tuition. Noon, school bus lady will come and fetch me and I can sneak a nap in the bus. Came home around 7pm. Took a shower. Have dinner and relax a bit before starting my homework at 8pm. If i managed to finish my homework by 9pm, i get some Me Time which i usually  spend playing tablet or sometimes, Lego.

Happy coz this year I still get to join church Funland activities AND school activities  on Saturday.

 Papa said pakai hentam enroll  la if i wanna join school activities like martial art this and that.  Let me run here and there till tired.


This year Mamarazzi  not making Chinese Arrowhead Chip.

Gosh...so pricey leh. Between rm6 to rm10 per kg.  Buy ready made ones would be better.

Thought wanna make pineapple tarts but lazy.

End up making Nian Gao (errr..sticky steam cake?".  Asked neighbour for "donation " of some banana leaves.

Making Nian Gao is easy but the wrapping  part needs a lot of "kungfu "(and a lot of banana leaves!).

Yesterday made 3. One leaked badly. Fed to Mr Bin. The other two leaked  too but able to salvage. The top one in the picture is one leaking nian gao from yesterday.

Made another  3 today. Two did not leak. It's still in the mug as at the time of posting this blog coz  Mamarazzi  don't want to ruin the shapes. The 1 at the bottom picture leaked a bit but not as badly as yesterday.

Not bad la. Maybe if Mamarazzi  can find some more banana leaves she will make some more. I can curi one and give to my class teacher so that she will be like the Kitchen God...after eating the sweet cake, she will  report only good things to Mamarazzi.  Who support  my idea? If yes..."donate " some banana leaves to Mamarazzi  ya.

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  1. Ha ha...I support you but I do not have banana leaves to donate la...I love nian gao but lazy to learn how to make them.

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    1. The "batter" is very easy. But the "layering" of the banana skin so that it won't leak had Mamarazzi stumped. Trying to make a perfect one

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  2. So far, i have not see any arrowhead here yet...

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    1. Over here same too. Not much . And even if have, all are small ones

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  3. If your mama not lazy, making pineapple tarts, your mama know what to do ya, wink wink hint hint, lol...

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  4. Your mama is so clever, making nian gao...

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    1. Not clever . Still learning.

      Thanknyou very much for the card and goodies

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  5. Is that soup in the banana leaves. Looks delicious.

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    1. Oh it is not a soup. It's actually a sticky sweet"cake". Usually during Chinese New Year people make for prayers and to eat. As it is sweet, it is considered as an auspicious food item.


      When it is soft, its taste great eated with grated coconut.

      When it harden, we fry it with sweet potatoes and yam.

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  6. Ngaku used to be so cheap leh. I think they know that it is so popular, everybody snapping up so they take opportunity to naik harga. Myself cuba one time make the chips and give up liao.

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    1. Dont think so coz see in hypermarket not much being sold. Previous years there are abundance of ngaku. Not sure what happened this year the cheapest was rm3.88 and size very small. After peel skin nothing to fry langsung

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  7. I enjoy reading your posts about school and other things during your day. Your Nian Gao looks really interesting. I will look that up. I like to make and try new things from other countries.

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    1. Denise, thanks.

      Here is the easy to follow recipe http://nasilemaklover.blogspot.my/2010/02/nian-gao-chinese-steamed-new-year.html?m=1. Mamarazzi used pressure cooker. Took 2hours only to make this. You dont have to use banana leaves if you can find them. Just pour the batter into baking pan and steam.

      While its fresh, it will be soft and sticky. Nice to eat with grated coconut.

      If wait about a week, it will harden. Cut into spices and fry with batter. Nice too

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  8. wah, baru started the new school-year, and this Small Kucing can't wait to count down the days ah?? so it's 190 minus how many now?? how many schooldays left for the year?? hehe.. everyday woke up at 7am and then reach home at 7pm, fuyoh, long day leh~~ @.@"

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    1. Mamarazzi is counting lo.
      As at today 190-12. Lol

      Longer than adult working hours of 8 hours a day hor...no choice since both mamarazzi and papa also banana. Had to get help from tuition teachers lo

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  9. aiyoh this year Mamarazzi is not frying arrowhead chips pulak, so the kitchen won't be greasy and Mamarazzi also won't come out with greasy hair and face already, haha!! steam "nian gao" a lot more senang right, at least don't have to jaga the fire all the time..

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    1. Lol...steam nian gao still have to jaga fire la but no need stand there lo. The ngaku so expensive this yr. Duno y

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    2. I wonder tabao hv cheap ngaku or not? Lol

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  10. hehe Small Kucing's neighbour so many banana leaves to donate to Mamarazzi ke?? aiyoh Mamarazzi keeps on trying, later the whole banana tree also gone botak leh, haha!! but Small Kucing very smart, he knows must give "nian gao" to his teachers so that their mouths are stuck and can only give good report, hahahaha!! must be Uncle TMA who taught him.. :p

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    1. Neighbour banana tree still very young. Not many leaves. Gitta source from elsewhere.

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  11. ... tell me what the "steam cake' is made off, lil kitten ... hope it's something salty and spicy cuz I do not like sweet ... Love, cat.

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    1. Alamak...it's sweet .. :(


      It's made of glutinous rice flour + sugar + water.

      Chinese eat this during Chinese New Year as sweet food is considered auspicious food. Like it bring sweetness to that
      year.


      Also uses it as an offering to God especially the Kitchen God. The story is that every year end(before ChineseNew Year) , the Kitchen God will go up to Heaven and report the family behaviour to the Jade Emperor. If the report is good, the Jade Emperor will bless the family with goodvthings. But if report is bad.....

      Hence family will make this sweet cake to "give " to the Kitchen God. The "kind" version is that after eating the sweet cake, the kitchen god will report only good stuffs. The "naughty" version is ..rhat after eating the sticky cake, the kitchen god mouth will stick together can cant gv bad report. Lol

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  12. So fast third week already??!!! Phew, how time flies! Woke up at 7am and reach back home at 7pm, pity you Small Kucing.

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  13. busy life equals happy life

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    1. Yup busy is better than wasting time

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  14. I remember your mama sent me that last year. I wrapped in popiah skin and baked in the oven, very nice wor!!!

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    1. Oh can bake in oven ar? This year hard to find banana leaves. ..sigh...

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  15. Hello, between school and homework you are keeping busy! I am glad you have free fun time on the weekend. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Yup week days ate full with activities.

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  16. Good to read you are enjoying your school time!!

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    1. Thanks Deepak. Yup...loads of friends there

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  17. I wish I could but I dont have banana tree!! So, no banana leaves from me. Hehe.

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    1. Lol....even if have it's still too faraway. Wanna try make this? Saw some using baking pan to make

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  18. Wah! You made the sticky cake? I only know how to makan.

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    1. Quite easy to make. Only trouble is hard to get the hang of layering the leaves so that it don't leak

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  19. you are busy, not lazy...that's a long day!!!! the food looks yummy!!!

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  20. hope you continue to do well in school.

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  21. Well if I had any banana leaves you would be welcome to them.

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    1. Thanks Lisa. Too bad it's too faraway ☺

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  22. Your mother is a very clever lady! :)

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  23. Your mom is awesome making sweet cake for you. I know you thanked her too.

    I'm glad you're enjoying school.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  24. Cheat lah, use plastic containers and lapik with banana leaves, then no need so many leaves also won't leak XD ...

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    1. Have to steam leh. Plastic containers cannot tahan heat. Otherwise become poisonous leh..

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    2. Aiyor!!! No way we should use the plastic to steam lah. What a lazy man's nian gao! Muahahaha

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    3. Huh? I never thought about this. But... I saw got some nian gao sold in plastic containers leh. How were those made? @.@

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    4. I suspect the company cook the nian gao in bulk and then pour into the plastic mould.

      Saw in pasar got sell those in plastic wrapper. Not sure how they make those.

      Nian gao have to steam 1 hour in high heat and 6-8hours in low heat. If use plastic, must use those that ngum for long steaming . Even that, it's not sure whether there are chemical or not.

      Anyway, Mamarazzi use short cut. Pressure cooker for 2-3 hrs. Done. Kihkihkih

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  25. Mama did a good job there! I think this is more work involved but the outcome can be so satisfying. After seeing your facebook post, I bought one small one

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    1. Thanks Elaine. Quite easy to make. Only need to know how to wrap it. Anyway, Mamarazzi used pressure cooker. No need jaga api for 10 hours like the old days

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  26. Your Mama sent to Sibu last year, but not Singapore, sobssss

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    1. Coz waiting for SG to come mah. SG say coming but always end up in Kluang

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  27. Wah I love nian gao! They are so sweet and simply yummy!

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  28. Yummy! Yummy! I will get my grated coconut ready! This year must eat kao-kao.
    This is the only CNY food besides Yee Sang that gives me the festive feeling.

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    1. Hahaha ya...yee sang. That sure gives festive mood

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  29. Wah!

    Ini Small Kucing sure has a packed schedule.

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    1. Lol....

      Ini small kucing

      Small kucing sentiasa active.

      Jadilah seperti small kucing

      Lol

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  30. Wahhhh..like that, Mama have to burn midnight oil to get her supplies ready for her blogger friends! hahahaa...each one waiting with their mouth open liow, Mamarazzi.. About the dripping neen koe, why cannot eat after that? Can eat with grated coconut ma.. cannot ah? Mr Bin must be very full then... hey, no need to send over to me, just kidding.. supply to those who donate banana leaves first.. hahahaa...

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    1. Lol..hard to find banana leave wor.

      Mamarazzi not really crazy abt nian gao. But saja make for hei fun. Moreover last year nian gao project not successful. Th8s year aim is to make a leak free nian gao

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  31. Me apa pun tarak bake or cook. So lazy and partly ingredients price have gone up, might as well just buy a bit here and there.

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    1. True. All so expensive liao. Seems no longer viable to make as tarak eat much also.

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  32. Now banana LEAVES, I have plenty! The banana itself dunno what kind of species - full of huge seeds only.

    I'm just looking through cookie recipes hehe. (Yaya office time, supposed to be working)

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  33. Persistent ..haha. I have no banana tree. If I had, I will donate some. ^.^

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  34. Wah I've never thought of making my own nian gao before.. too lazy to even cook one hahaha.. but I will try to do so this year and my one of our fave snacks - fried niangao with egg :P

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  35. Never know the hardest part of nian gao making is the leaf wrapping part, I thought is the time consuming steaming process :P

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  36. Yummy!i like it best when fried with egg with some salt added.

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  37. I support you, my parents's house got lots of banana tree. Come to Kuching la small kucing, we have lots of big kucing too here ;)

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